- Award winning beers - At our Steel City beer festival held last October at Ponds Forge, the opening night saw several panels of judges – a mixture of CAMRA members, publicans, brewers, writers and random drinkers – tasting most of the beers in the festival to decide which were the best examples of their styles. The winning brewers are […]
- Local history – Worksop & Retford Brewery - Some time ago, Beer Matters published a request for information about the WRB, taken over by Tennants in 1958 and demolished in 1962. Thanks for all information which arrived. Visits were also made to archives in both Nottingham and Sheffield, Bassetlaw Museum in Retford, the Dukeries, the National Brewery Centre in Burton-on-Trent and, of course, […]
- Kelham Island Brewery - Following on from February's Tin Can Avenger comes the second beer in our light versus dark series. Dunkel Devastator 5.6% Dark German Wheat Beer.
- Blue Bee Brewery - With the Six Nations in full swing we have our seasonal special hitting bars in and around Sheffield, Rugbee! Rugbee! Rugbee! is a 4.8% New Zealand hopped pale ale.
- Abbeydale Brewery - March sees the return of some old faces. Our 4.1% pale Contraption makes a return from a 3-year hiatus.
- Acorn Brewery - Acorn’s new IPA range will feature hops from Austrailia and New Zealand starting with Dr Rudi. This hop has a mix of aromas such as pine needles & lemongrass. 3 new 25 barrel conditioning tanks are now in place enabling us to increase brewing capacity by 20% These additions to the plant along with the […]
- Welbeck Abbey Brewery - Well the building work has commenced! We’re planning on knocking the walls down in the brewery to get more tanks in, and will also be building a kitchen and office. Whilst all the work is on we shall be striving to maintain a reliable supply of beer to your locals. Firstly we’d like to congratulate […]
More Brewery News
- Stancill Brewery comes to Sheffield
- Welbeck Abbey Brewery
- Acorn Brewery
- Tapped Brew Co
- Steel City Brewing
Thu 6 – Sat 8 Mar
65 beers plus ciders and perrys at Loughborough’s Polish Club. , Live music also features on Friday and Saturday, hot and cold food available throughout.
Free entry for CAMRA members.
To get there from Sheffield, East Midlands Trains operate an hourly direct service from Sheffield to Loughborough..
Wed 5 – Sat 8 Mar
This massive beer and music festival is held in the MAGNA Science Adventure Centre, a former steel works, across various halls and rooms all with different character, to raise money for local charities.
The theme this year is the Roman Empire which may or may not influence the choice of some of the beers on the list, which runs to over 250 real ales – all served on handpump. Also available is Cider, Perry, Wine and foreign beers.
There are three stages hosting live music and food is also available. Concessions are available for CAMRA members on the door. For non-members tickets can be purchased in advance or on the door.
To get there from Sheffield, buses 69 (First) or A1 (T.M. Travel) stop nearby on the main road, however the easier option is the special BF1 festival shuttle bus from Meadowhall Interchange – this will take you right to the festival’s front door for £2 return (normal tickets not accepted). You can get to Meadowhall by Supertram or various buses. A Citywide bus & tram day ticket costs £4.30.
Wed 12 – Sat 15 Mar
This festival has a reputation for two things – beers you won’t have seen before and curry – making it an enthusiasts favourite. Over 220 real ales are featured along with about 35 ciders. Free entry for CAMRA members.
The venue is the Charotar Patidar Sama which is about 15 minutes walk from Leicester railway station. Leicester is served by Sheffield-London trains up to twice an hour (off-peak return Sheffield-Leicester £26.20).
Wed 12 – Sat 15 Mar
SIBA is the Society of Independent Brewers, earlier in the week they hold their annual conference, trade show, business awards and judging the finals of their champion beer competition. The BeerX festival of beer showcases around 300 beers brewed by their members, including all the award winners, across all three formats – cask, keg and bottle.
There will also be food available from their street food stalls and Saturday features rugby on the big screen in the afternoon and a performance by the Everley Pregnant Brothers in the evening.
The venue is Ice Sheffield at Attercliffe, which is located next to the Arena tram stop. Supertram’s yellow route runs there frequently (Stagecoach bus & tram Dayrider is £4 or a Sheffield Citywide bus & tram day ticket is £4.30)
Additionally a vintage bus service will operate from the Fat Cat and Dada bar at certain times.
Thu 13 – Sat 15 Mar
This festival is held in Burton on Trent’s gothic Town Hall with bars located under archways in the hall and seating up in the gods overlooking it all.
60+ real ales are featured along with a selection of ciders, perrys and soft drinks. Food also available.
Fairly unique to Burton is the lunchtime performance on the Wurlitzer Organ! Bands on stage in the evening sessions. Entry price varies by session.
The venue is 5 minutes walk from Burton on Trent station, trains run hourly from Sheffield (Derbyshire Wayfarer day ticket £11.60)
- Spinkhill Angel historic village victory! - A village campaign group, supported by the community of Spinkhill, has won an important and historic round in its fight to save a much-loved pub.
- New Barrack Tavern - We have are having a 150th anniversary of the Great Sheffield Flood evening on Saturday 15th March with Castle Rock brewing us a one of special beer.
- Devonshire Cat - For those of you who have been to the Devonshire Cat recently, you may have noticed a few changes.
- Dove & Rainbow - The Dove & Rainbow continues to offer a varied range of real ales, with 10% off local brews for CAMRA members.
More Pub News
- Crookes pop-up
- Sheffield Tap Meet the Brewer
- Angel at Spinkhill update
- Silver Fox
- Closed Shop
- Sheffield Tap on National Inventory
- Community pubs update
- Saving the Spinkhill Angel
- Oughtibridge and Wharncliffe Side
- Beer Central in Moor Market
- Inn Brief
The Freemasons at the bottom of Walkley Lane is under new management and is now called The Riverside. There is a range of real ales starting at £2.35 a pint.
The Sportsman at Crosspool, an Ember Inn has six real ales with the guest beers being voted for by the customers. There is an illustrated Ale Guide with descriptions of the beers to choose from. The manager Michael Cashmore and his team offer all real ales at £2.49 after 5pm on Monday and to CAMRA members there is 20p off all the time.
The Coach & Horses in Dronfield is offering 20p off a pint for CAMRA members on all the Thornbridge cask ales.
A planning application has been submitted to Sheffield Council seeking permission to demolish The Wheel, Plumbley Lane, Mosborough, and replace it with housing. Documents supporting the application say there are other pubs nearby and The Wheel is no longer financially viable. A decision is expected from the council by the end of March.
Bamford Post Office has relocated to the Angler’s Rest. Liz Marshall, of pub owners Bamford Community Society, said: “We are delighted to be able to save this amenity.”
The Yew Tree, Holmley Lane, Coal Aston now serves Timothy Taylor’s Landlord on handpull. Licensee Andy Jarvis reports that it is selling well.
The Wagon & Horses at Millhouses will by the time this magazine hits the streets have reopened as part of the Flaming Grill Pub chain. Other pubs locally operating under this brand include the Ridgeway Arms and the Belfry. The food side of the pub offers reasonably priced burgers, steaks, wraps etc and the bar side includes a selection of the more well known real ales with a 10% discount for CAMRA members.
The Horns Inn at Holmesfield is up for sale, freehold, as Enterprise Inns are disposing of the property. In the meantime the pub has reopened temporarily as a freehouse with real ales and bar snacks available!
The Derby Tup on Whittington Moor has reached the significant landmark of 30 consecutive years inclusion in the Camra Good Beer Guide and to mark the occasion the pub owners Castle Rock brewery and the Derby Tup held a celebration evening on Thurs 20th Feb.
The Closed Shop at Commonside celebrated its 1st Birthday(!) since re-opening under the management of the folk from the Rutland Arms on the 13th of February with a build-your-own-butty-buffet, music, and plenty of ale!
The Brown Bear in Sheffield City Centre has a new sign!
The Ball Inn, Crookes has just had four more hand pumps fitted taking the total to fourteen. Two of the pumps will have beer from Sheffield’s newest brewery, Stancill. More news next month.
The Peaks Inn at Castleton is now under the new management of Rick Ellison, who already operates the Old Hall in Hope. By the time this magazine hits the streets it should have reopened, following a thorough clean!
Also by publication, the Yew Tree at Malin Bridge should have reopened as Champs2. Like its sister pub on Ecclesall Road, it will be a local pub serving real ale but with a lively atmosphere with sport on the TV and American fast food such as burgers and chicken wings on the menu.
The Cavendish on West Street is now open following refurbishment, it is still aimed at students but has been rethemed – the brand is no longer ‘Its a Scream’, now it is ‘crafted for students’. Those students wanting to go and get work done there will appreciate the free Wi-Fi and plug sockets for laptops at the fixed tables. As before there are pool tables, TVs and food, however the revolution here is on the bar.
As well as the usual mainstream keg nonsense (smoothflow bitters and generic lagers) there is also a section of the bar given to ‘craft’ with a blackboard advertising what is on the 5 craft keg fonts and 3 handpumps. On the handpumps so far it looks like a choice of Abbeydale Moonshine beer and Westons Old Rosie Cider plus a guest ale all at prices that are reasonable for the City Centre.
Affinity Club on Arundel Gate is no more and is once again known as the Mulberry Tavern. The pub reopened under new management on Saturday 15th February following a refurbishment to convert it back to a traditional pub. It is still a work in progress in that the downstairs bar is not yet in use, this is still under refurbishment and will host live music. The main pub upstairs has a bar with two real ales and reasonable prices, pool table and juke box.
- New Sheffield beer shops - StarmoreBoss (above) is a new boutique and bespoke off-license retailing specialist quality wine, craft beer and intriguing spirits.